Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our Annual Marklin and Trix Preorder Program

For the first time in 27 years of business, the Marklin & Trix New item brochures we normally receive in early March, still have NOT ARRIVED from Walthers. For that reason, we are extending our Early Bird Preorder Program indefinitely until we receive the brochures and mail our Preorder Packages to our customers. Our previous posting explains the poor delivery situation with Walthers since we ordered these brochures in early February, like all years in the past. Customers will still earn the EXTRA 5-10% Discount off of our normal prices AND and ADDITIONAL 3% until the program ends. Save now!


Marklin Deliveries...or the lack thereof

For 2010, the deliveries of Marklin products to the USA through Walthers has been very poor. The factory is producing just fine. And it's not that we're not ordering restocks, it's that the fill rates on our orders have been pathetic at best. This week's order containing 90 different Marklin items (lines) is having only 25 different Marklin items being shipped. That's less than a 28% fill rate. Walther's is not maintaining the stock levels we enjoyed with Marklin, Inc. and have moved into the apparent mode of "ordering from the factory after the dealers order the items". This has resulted in our inability to keep even the bread and butter items in stock. We just wanted to let you know that we're doing our best to keep the items you need in stock. The supply chain just isn't cooperating. Walther's is just now receiving their second shipment for the year. We ran numbers this morning for 2010 and NOT including "New" items, we've ordered 343 lines this year and 265 remain on backorder. (77.26%!!!) Worse than we thought.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Outdoor RC Track Construction Beginning

We have contracted to have our Outdoor RC Track construction begin the week of 4/19. The drivers' stand being built will be 24' long so there should be sufficient room for 8-10 racers at any one time. They will stand approximately 8 feet above the track. We're requesting the building permit to allow a walk-up ramp on the back side of the stand to facilitate "assisted" wheelchair access to the stand. Ground preparation for the track is also expected to begin shortly.